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Flower Power Trip: Death At The Masquerade Ball

(Braxton Campus Mysteries #3)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  27 reviews

At a masquerade ball to raise money for renovations to Memorial Library, Kellan finds a dead body dressed in a Dr. Evil costume.

Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill the annoying guest who’d been staying at the Roarke and Daughters Inn, or does the victim have a closer connection to someone else at Braxton College?

As Kellan helps school president Ursula bury a secret from her p

Paperback, Large Print, 480 pages
Published March 30th 2019 by Creativia
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Candace Robinson
It felt like home to be back inside Kellan’s head once again! His character feels extremely real and you struggle with him, journey with him, and grow even more with him! And yes, my lady, Nana D is back!!! I'd honestly love a whole book about her! Even like a prequel to when she was younger!

One of my favorite scenes in the entire book is the costume party! I seriously want to go to one like that!! The side characters are all great with distinctive personalities that don’t feel cookie cutter!

Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery and I have a close relationship. I love this genre, and it loves me back. Who can ever forget Sherlock Holmes?!! (Who can ever forget Benedict Cumberbatch, yumm)

Kellan strikes again, his days of sleuthing has become frequent, much to the ire of our lovely sheriff April and my personal favorite Myriam. This time Myriam's wife Ursula needs help and Kellan has been given the responsibility to find the stalker. But instead, he finds a dead body at the masquerade ball, and onward and
Bernard Jan
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
While Kellan Ayrwick, a brilliant one, as his Nana D likes to call him, is trying to resolve a new Braxton murder, he is not aware of another mystery that will hit closer to his home.

Flower Power Trip is a multilayer story full of memorable characters, blooming with an irresistible charm. This is the third book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries and if you haven’t read the first two books, please do that. As the author takes us deeper into the life of Braxton, the more we love it. From book to book
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flower Power Trip: Death at the Masquerade Ball (#3)

Kellan Ayrwick is helping the Braxton College president, Ursula Power, find who is stalking her. Maggie Rourke, head librarian of the Memorial Library, is hosting a masquerade ball to raise funds to renovate the library. The theme is Heroes and Villains. The guest are to come dressed as their favorite hero or villain. It is during the ball that Kellan comes across a dead body with the murderer still holding the knife. The victim turns out to be
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, dogs, own, mystery
Kellan Ayrwick is working with Ursula to identify her stalker in the third edition of the Braxton mysteries. He has other problems that need his attention. He has been receiving post cards weekly from his ex-wife, Francesca from places they visited together. Kellan is helping Nana D with her campaign for Mayor. He accidentally discover a sibling who left town a few years ago. His brother is not willing at this time to see their parents. His relationship with Sheriff April is moving along at a sl ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not always been a fan of "cozy" mysteries as I like my thrillers dark and edgy. But since I discovered Cudney's Braxton Campus novels, I am a convert! This is #3 in the series but each can be read as a stand-alone (although I advise you to start with the first as the characters are so endearing that by #3 I feel like they are old friends)! Kellen has moved back to his hometown to teach and seems to get caught up in the small town murders that have recently plagued the campus. The mystery ...more
Eileen Thornton
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Kellan Ayrwick finds himself trying to solve a murder at Braxton College, when, at a fancy dress function he finds a visiting professor stabbed to death
Alarmingly, the person standing over the body, clutching the knife, later proved to have killed the man, is a family friend. She professes her innocence to Kellan and, even though he believes she didn't kill the man, he keeps getting the feeling that she is hiding something. But he is adamant to get to the bottom of the problem and f
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Poor Kellan, he finds another dead body. This time in the courtyard at the Memorial Library during the fundraiser masquerade ball. Crime sure has been on the rise since he came back to town. The body may tie into a situation Braxton’s school president is facing. The school is also hosting a special flower exhibit, one of Kellan’s siblings is back in town, Nana D is running for mayor, and Kellan’s not so dead wife is sending him postcards from places they had traveled together
Brian Porter
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mystery with a real cutting edge

Kellan Ayrwick returns in the third Braxton Campus Mystery. This time a visiting professor is found dead in the middle of a function at the University and one of Kellan's friends is found holding the murder weapon. Convinced of his friend's innocence, Kellan sets out to discover the identity of the real killer.
James Cudney is adept at creating realistic and interesting characters who you easily come to care about. We are faced with enough familiar faces from his
Didi Oviatt
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Possibly my favorite Braxton Campus mystery so far!!! Flower Power Trip is the third installment of Kellan Airwick's tale. Each book can be a stand alone, but I strongly suggest reading them all, in order. The first book gives an excellent introduction to many of the characters and their family dynamic, and each book from there only grows in development. They line up seamlessly, each story complementing one another and focusing on several different character angles. I especially love the growth
Dee Dee
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kellan Ayrwick and his quirky family are all back for this third installment in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series. Kellan, now professor Ayrwick, is assisting the Braxton College President, Ursula Power, who is receiving threatening messages. Ursula is worried that her dark family secret will be revealed, when a visiting professor is found stabbed to death during a college fundraising event. Kellan stumbles across the murder scene just as a family friend is discovered standing over the dead body ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kellan has much going on in this third instalment in James Cudney’s Braxton Campus series. He, along with his daughter, is now living on Nana D.’s property, as well as continuing to run her mayoral campaign. Kellan also tries to dodge trouble from both the sheriff and his bosses, Ursula and Myriam, while inserting himself in yet another murder investigation, at Maggie’s behest, to protect a family member of hers going to jail for said murder. However, it proves not easy to hold both Sheriff Apri ...more
Patrick Hodges
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't get over just how complex and multi-layered James Cudney makes his mysteries. There's so much going on, with multiple subplots and a myriad of colorful characters filling the pages; and yet, I never had trouble following the progression of events.

Once again, Kellen Aywrick is called upon to solve a murder when a man is murdered at a costume party. It turns out the man was not who he claimed to be, and in order to keep one of his good friends from taking the fall, Kellen must use all his
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books set in an academic setting. This is a very solid series. Good set up for the next one....
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I struggle when I identify the books in this series as cozies. There are elements of cozy mysteries in these books, but they have a bit more to them. They are more of a mystery, with a cozy component (i.e. amateur sleuth, small community, eccentric characters). I have read all the books in this series and even though they can be read as standalone stories, you will want to start at the beginning. The main characters have developed along with their relationships to give you a real feel of knowing ...more
Fungi From Yuggoth
I have really been enjoying following the progress of this series, and FLOWER POWER TRIP may be my favourite yet. Protagonist Kellan Ayrwick, since his return to his home town in Pennsylvania and establishing a homestead for himself and daughter Emma, has shed a good deal of his former fecklessness and has become much more stable and even valued. I appreciate watching his character evolution, and as always, his rowdy adventurous grandmother Nana D is a delight. The mysteries and backstory here s ...more
Nina Silva
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The Braxton Campus Mysteries continue in this third instalment, Flower Power Trip. In short, I loved it. The author has most certainly hit his cozy mystery stride and that comes through in this book. It’s a treat to read.
While each book in many cozy mystery series function well as stand-alone, I think this series is best read from the start. Important character arcs develop from book to book and the highest level of enjoyment will come from following in order. That said, each book in this series
Kay Stern
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An accidental crime magnet

This is third book in the series that finds a tv producer, single father staying in his hometown to fulfill a one year commitment as he searches for his wife, who is supposedly dead. The cast of characters are the main hook to the novel but the mysteries move the story along rapidly. You don’t have to read them order but it helps to keep track of the three continuing sub plots; much like watching a series like NCIS.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I caught a lucky break and got to read an advance copy of this book.
This book is well written. I see it is one of a series of book. It is so well written, I was able to figure out the characters and the plot.
The author's character development is superb. These characters came to life. The descriptions were so clear and vivid that I could actually see these people. It felt like I was investigating right along side the main character.
This is a cozy mystery. I strongly feel these books could make th
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
My mind is reeling after finishing this 3rd book in the Braxton Camus mystery series. The protagonist, Kellan, becomes involved in another murder in this little college town in Pennsylvania. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the characters and relationships in these books, but the author has a way of eatly tying everything up in the end. I am not a fan of the cliffhangers that always crop up at the end of these books, but they do catch my interest and pretty much guarantee I'll keep readi ...more
Mrs Claire
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have found all three of James's Braxton Campus books addicting and could not put them down.

I love the humour relationships and the mysteries occurring although, I must admit, Braxton does seem to be having a few problems on its Campus.

I am one going to order book 4 and hope Kellan gains a some peace in his life!
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I love this cute series

This is another great entry into this series. I love the characters and the way that they play off of each other. The characters remind me a little bit of the characters in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Another series that I love. I look forward to the next book!
Janet Miles
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popsugar-2019
Another captivating story from Mr. Cudney! Try as I might I didn't figure out "who dun it" until he told us. Definitely leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen next in the lives of Kellen and his family. Great job.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming soon.
Karen Zalewski
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Riveting. I read the whole book in one day. and what a cliff hanger. I’m sure glad I’ve pre ordered the next book in this series.
Cris (The Biblio Blonde)
Excellent continuation of the series... Kellan is a unique voice for a protagonist in cozy mystery world, and I appreciate all the interesting characters. It’s enjoyable that the mysteries are layered on top of one another… there is a case to be solved in each book that stands alone, but Kellan deals with other themes that run through the series as a whole: finding answers about his wife’s death, keeping Nana D in check, missing family members, and campus politics. It makes for a deeper, more sa ...more
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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I've traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting ...more

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Braxton Campus Mysteries (4 books)
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